THE LUCKY W AMULET ARCHIVE
AN ILLUSTRATED MUSEUM OF LUCKY CHARMS, TALISMANS, AND PROTECTION AMULETS
The Lucky W Amulet Archive is a folkloric resource that contains
hundreds of interlinked pages describing and illustrating amulets,
talismans, lucky charms, and good luck pieces from all around the world
and from all eras of history. It is a book in progress, and new pages
are added on a regular basis.
The publication of The Lucky W Amulet Archive on the web is sponsored by
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. Occult Shop, but although some of
the good luck charms and amulets in the Archive are available at the
shop, the Archive is not a catalogue of goods for sale and, indeed, many
of the objects shown are antiques and museum pieces of great rarity.
There are four ways to navigate the Lucky W Amulet Archive:
- Browse through the
Lucky W Amulet Archive Site Map, clicking links of interest.
- Locate an amulet, talisman, or lucky piece by name in the Lucky W Alphabetical Index:
- Select from among the most popular Lucky W topics, listed here:
good luck coins,
lucky rabbit feet,
holy cards and medals,
white elephant amulets,
hoodoo "curio" powders,
floor washes and baths for good luck,
magnetic scotty dogs,
buckeye nuts talismans,
black-eyed peas for luck at New Year's,
scarab beetle talismans,
milagros and ex-votos,
High John the Conqueror root,
the Seven African Powers,
the Lucky Buddha,
lucky charm vials,
candle magic ,
the abracadabra talisman,
the cross of Caravaca amulet,
Latin American package amulets,
the penis bones of various mammals,
lodestones for money spells and love spells,
magnetic sand for magic spells,
hamsa hand talismans,
the Hand of Power,
and the Powerful Hand of God.
Lucky W speaks to me of
Aunt Sally's Policy Players Dream Book and
Pow-Wows or The Long Lost Friend; of
the Lucky 7 Grocery Store in
Nevada City, California; of childhood Westerns set on ranches
known by letter-brands, like the Flying A and the B-Bar-B; of
radio station "KDIA Lucky 13," playing R&B music out of
Oakland, California (and its remarkable, musically unresolved
theme jingle); of Clover brand valve grinding compound with its
four-leaf clover logo; of the cosmetics called
Lucky Brown; of early 20th
century "Good Luck"
postcards; of fresh fruit from California's Central
Valley packed in wooden crates with beautiful figurative labels
and brand names like Lucky Celery;
of musicians like Lucky Millinder and Lucky Otis and Lucky
Wilbury; of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason mystery,
"The Case of the Lucky Legs," set
in 1930s southern California; of canned vegetables from
California sold under the Double Luck and
Trail brand names; of the 1920s British cigarette trading
cards called Wills's Lucky
Charms; of Jelke Good Luck Oleomargarine, which in the 1920s offered "Good Luck and Good Health to Millions of Happy Little American Boys and Girls"; of
Lucky Luke cowboy comics (in French) and Lady Luck
comics (In English); of the seventh son
of a seventh son; of air-conditioned motels like the
Flying W Lodge in Ozona, Texas; of the
garden roses "Lucky Piece" and "Lucky
Lady"; and of all manner of
hoodoo potions, like
Sonny Boy's Lucky Hand Alleged Indian
Grandma oil and Double
Fast Luck Soap, which i used to buy in Oakland, and
magnetic sand, which i
bought on Maxwell
Street in Chicago way back
1964, and High John
the Conqueror root, which i saw for sale in New Orleans -- and, of course,
my own Lucky Mojo brand Spiritual Supplies.
Why the name "Lucky W"?
That, friends, is a strange tale.
This web site grew out of
alt.lucky.w, a usenet newsgroup devoted to discussion of
the metaphysics of beneficent synchronicity and descriptions of,
experiences with, and rationales for the operation of artifacts,
tokens, and devices intended to increase beneficent synchronicity
and decrease malevolent synchronicity. Alt.lucky.w was an
"abandoned" newsgroup, adrift without a hierarchy, empty of any
posts, its original purpose unknown even to The Cabal when i learned
of its existence in 1994, through Froggy's Usenet Salvage Company.
At that time, propagation of the group was so low that only two
service providers were known to carry it. For some reason the name
haunted me, though, and i campaigned to get America Online and other
ISPs to pick it up. (You can do the same with your ISP -- just read
and follow my directions for
getting your ISP to carry alt.lucky.w.) As soon as i gained
admission to the group, i decided to write an
alt.lucky.w FAQ (although no one but me had any questions,
frequently-asked or otherwise). In answering my own questions, i
found a purpose for the group, and from that purpose has grown this
Then, as if from the void, the creator of alt.lucky.w appeared and
told the story of how the newsgroup came to be!
His name (his given, birth name) is Lucky Wayne Donegan, and here is his story:
A long time ago back in college I was trying to set up a new group
for computer science; this goes back about 7+ years ago, to 1988-9,
when I had the IQ of plant life. I made a real big goof and the area
was accidentally created, unintentionally, for whatever it's worth.
You can add this information to the web site if you wish. I have no
problems with it. I am rather open minded. Being named Lucky cannot
be as bad as being named the Boy named Sue (Johnny Cash's song).
Believe me that name has darn near cost me my life on occasions and
at other times a tremendous amount of embarrassment. However, I
have learned if I cannot laugh at myself or at life it's not worth
living, so HAVE FUN. Just keep me posted, ok?
Lucky W. Donegan
Montana Computer Nut Software, Inc.
P. O. Box 1647
Polson, Montana 59860
P.S.: I live on the Flathead Indian Reservation; it's a
Confederation of the Salish & Kootenai Tribes and is one of
richest Indian Reservations in Montana.
This man CHANGED MY LIFE!!!
Because of his name and a mistake he made while messing around with computers:
- I took on the rehabilitation of the
alt.lucky.w newsgroup in 1994,
- I renewed my lifelong interest in writing about folk magic by teaching myself HTML
code in 1995 and creating web pages on the subject,
- I acquired the
luckymojo.com domain to permanently house my web pages in
- I started took my
Lucky Mojo online spiritual supply company fully online to support
the web site in 1997,
- I began to hang out in other usenet newsgroups devoted to magic in 1994 and thus
met my husband, nagasiva, in 1998 and was married
to him as the odometer shuffled from 1999 to 2000, and,
- In 2002, i wrote and published a book on folk magic called
"Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic".
- In 2003, i commenced teaching an
Online Correspondence Course in Hoodoo Rootwork Magic.
- In 2004, i begann a
weekly radio podcast on divination and folk magic
Online Correspondence Course in Hoodoo Rootwork Magic.
- In 2008, my husband and i founded a
free public forum about hoodoo, rootwork, amd conjure
I am completely in awe of the complexity of the universe and the
arbitrary nature of many of its little wrinkles and fractal
I hereby declare Lucky W. Donegan the Creator of
alt.lucky.w and nominate him to the post of Ascended Master.
Art Credit: The images on this page are a combination of scans from my
collection of lucky talismans, candles, and paper goods, and labels that
i have designed for the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. The lovely border artwork
was composited by an unknown web designer who stole the images of
objects from my Lucky
W Amulet Archive and lifted my retro-deco label art from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Occult Shop catalogue without credit to me. To paraphrase the
words of the great blues singer Robert Johnson, "Somebody got lucky
and stole them back again."
P.S. Lucky W. Donegan ran into some bad luck in 2013 when his house burned down.
Here's a news article on that.
Luckily, he and his wife were not hurt in the fire and were able to rebuilld their lives,
and he is still working on computers, as far as i know.
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